Capstone services update as of March 23 2020

23 March 2020

Our goal is to maintain critical services while reducing the risks of exposure and virus spreading.

Dear Central Vermont Community:

At Capstone Community Action we put the well-being of our participants and community first. The Coronavirus, also called COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is spreading throughout the world and our country. We are continuing to see increased cases in Vermont, and we know we must do our part to stop the spread of this virus. Our goal is to maintain critical services while reducing risks of exposure and virus spreading. Because we want to keep people safe, we will continue to provide critical services, but close our buildings to the public.

We are learning about the virus and its impact on our state on a daily, and sometimes hourly basis. The media is sharing a lot of information that can be worrisome and confusing. We are closely following the recommendations from the Vermont Department of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). This is what we know:

Coronavirus, also called COVID-19 is a respiratory illness and affects your lungs and breathing.

Symptoms: If you have a fever, cough, or have trouble breathing, call your doctor first. The Vermont Department of Health is asking you not to go to the ER, but to call your doctor first.

Risk: If you are over 60 years old, or get sick easily, you are more likely to get sick from the Coronavirus. If you are a young person who is healthy you may not have any symptoms or you might get better very quickly.

Safety: Virus germs are invisible, but may be anywhere so wash your hands with soap and warm water for 20 seconds—Wash your hands throughout the day. Limit physical contact with others-avoid shaking hands or hugging friends. Limit your interactions with other people as much as possible and avoid large gatherings and events.


Here is what we have planned at Capstone’s Barre office to maintain our critical services while keeping you safe: Please note, our doors are locked, but we are open for business.

Emergency Housing and Fuel Assistance: Starting Monday March 16, our staff will be available to work with you over the phone. Please call: 1-800-639-1053 to schedule a call with a counselor.

Barre Food Shelf: Starting Monday, March 16, our food shelf will begin pre-packaging bags which will be available for pick up on our loading dock, behind the building. For the time being, our MWF schedule will remain the same. You may continue to visit every 14 days, and on Tuesdays for fresh produce and bread. If you are older, disabled, or unable to make a trip to the food shelf due to self-quarantine and do not have anyone who can make the trip for you, please call 802-477-5122 and leave a message with your name and number so that we can arrange for a delivery.  Please note this delivery is only for those who cannot make it to the food shelf.

Tax Assistance: Our tax program is temporarily suspended as of Friday, March 20, 2020. Please call: 802-477-5148 to hear updated messages.

Head Start: The Learning Together Center in Barre and Lamoille County Early Learning Center in Morrisville will temporarily close. Staff will work with families to continue to meet their needs during this time.

Essentials Closet: In Morrisville, the Essentials Closet remains open to the public. Individuals seeking this service should first call 1-800-639-8710. The items will be gathered by staff and provided to individuals who have rang the doorbell and completed paperwork for this service.

Weatherization:  Weatherization services are temporarily on hold during this time.  Call the Weatherization line at 802-477-5225.

Thank you for understanding why we are making changes to how we provide services. Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our staff and the greater central Vermont community are our top priority. Please visit our website and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for updated information.

Announcement from March 23, 2020 at 11am



Our Locations

Washington County

20 Gable Place, Barre, VT 05641
1-800-639-1053 or (802) 479-1053

Lamoille County

250 Industrial Park, Morristown, VT 05661 1-800-639-8710 or
(802) 888-7993

Orange County East

22 Whistle Stop Way, Bradford, VT 05033
(802) 222-5419

Orange County West

PO Box 284, 12 Prince Street, Randolph, VT 05060
1-800-846-9506 or (802) 728-9506

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